KSK Study Group in Seattle

Seattle’s HaKakuMei Shakuhachi Dojo has been established as a training center for traditional shakuhachi, with an emphasis on working with beginning and intermediate students.

The name 'hakakumei' translates as 'the call of the white crane' and its meaning is significant for several reasons. 'Kaku' is an alternate pronunciation for 'tsuru', which means crane, and there are two pieces in our core curriculum that refer to the calls and activities of cranes as they take refuge in their nests.

Cranes are also symbols of longevity in Japanese and Chinese culture and the white crane, 'hakaku', is often a subject for Zen calligraphy.

The Dojo’s formal affiliation is with the Koten (Classical) Honkyoku tradition of Yokoyama Katsuya through the International Shakuhachi Kenshukan in Japan. ‘Honkyoku’ are the ‘original pieces’ that have evolved in many Japanese Zen temples over the past 4 or 5 centuries at least, and our core curriculum at HaKakuMei is comprised of the 22 pieces, which make up the Watazumi/Yokoyama interpretation of Classical Honkyoku. In addition, limited instruction is also available in Min'yo (Japanese folk songs) and contemporary pieces composed by Fukuda Rando.

The Dojo participates in several local festivals throughout the year including the Japanese Spring Festival in Ferndale, WA; the Fall Festival (Aki Matsuri) in Seattle; the Seattle Shakuhachi Festival in October each year; and Bunka no Hi (Culture Day) at the Japanese Community and Cultural Center of Washington each November. Performances, lecture/demonstrations and workshops can also be scheduled upon request.

For more information, find us at: www.hakakumei.org